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  • Aquatomics dive in at Lobo

    The Los Alamos Aquatomics competed at the Lobo Long Course Invitational last weekend, June 5-7.
    There were 488 swimmers from New Mexico, Colorado and Texas at the meet, but the Aquatomics had plenty of impressive results.
    Kalen Melton had the team’s “swim of the meet,” according to coach Linda Corliss. Melton dropped eight seconds off her 200-meter breaststroke to finish third in the 11-12 year-old girls division. Her time of 3 minutes, 13.25 seconds also put her in contention to make a Western Zone qualifying time to compete in the Western Zone age-group meet in Maui next May.
    Andy Corliss won a second-place high-point award in the boys 9-10 age group. Corliss won the 100-meter breaststroke (1:30.35) and finished second in the 200 and 50-meter freestyle races and the 50-meter breaststroke. He also had four other top-five finishes at the meet.
    Teammate Ming-Yuan Lo finished third behind Corliss in the high-point race. Lo finished second in the 50 fly, the 100 freestyle and the 200 individual medley. Lo also had four third-place finishes and one fourth-place finish.
    Seven-year-old Allison Amrani had six top-five finishes in the girls 8-and-under group, including second-place finishes in the 50 and 100-meter breaststrokes and the 200 freestyle.

  • Whicker helps North win

    Laura Whicker won all three of her tennis matches to help the North All-Stars blow out the South’s, 18-3, over the weekend.
    “It was a good end to her career,” Los Alamos and the North’s coach Bruce Cottrell said.
    Whicker won her singles match in straight sets.
    In doubles, she teamed up with Bosque’s Caroline Donahue and the duo pulled out a victory.
    Whicker also won at mixed doubles, something the athletes don’t play during the high school season.
    “I think the kids had a lot of fun with it,” Cottrell said. “Those girls were able to hang in there with those boys.”
    The team score included both the boys and girls results, which included 12 singles matches, six doubles matches and three mixed doubles matches.
    Neither the North’s boys nor girls had much trouble taking down the South.
    A few studs from the South, however, were also left off of the All-Star roster.
    “The balance of the rosters was a little lopsided for the North,” Cottrell said. “Some of the best players from the South didn’t get nominated and the North probably had everyone that we would have wanted.”

  • Rain doesn’t slow down racers at Pajarito

    Rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the racers Saturday for the Pajarito Punishment, New Mexico’s state downhill championship this year.
    The rain didn’t keep many people away from Pajarito’s Summer Fest either, which featured a beer garden and live music to kick off the mountain’s summer activities.
    The Punishment was raced on the Fast and Loose and Muy Loco tracks, which are two of the steepest trails anywhere.
    One racer, Bert Boyce, said it was the steepest racecourse that he’d ever seen.
    Not many spectators hiked too far up the course because it kept getting steeper and steeper as it gained elevation.
    Near the bottom, however, there were three jumps that spectators lined up to watch. One jump shot riders out of the trees and into the home stretch where there were two tabletop jumps at the end.
    The first tabletop probably provided the most excitement.
    A lot of bikers took so much speed into the jump that they overshot the landing. Some landed flat but were able to hold on. Another biker got crooked in the air and landed on his front wheel, but made a great save to keep from wiping out.
    Not every racer, however, was able to stay on their bikes.
    One bounced off of his pedals and ended up sitting on his frame as he flew through the tape and off the trail.

  • North All-Stars win

    Amber Logan and the North All-Stars were victorious on Friday night. North beat the South, 74-54, in the annual North-South All-Star girls basketball game.

  • Bikers from all over enjoy Punishment

    Fist bumps and screams of joy were a common theme during the Pajarito Punishment practice round on Friday.
    The punishment course — Fast and Loose to Muy Loco — was in prime condition and downhill mountain bikers from all over were stoked to race the track.
    “It’s awesome; perfect,” said Telluride’s Brandon Watson. “That little bit of rain helped a lot.”
    Just because the competitors were having fun riding the course, however, doesn’t mean it wasn’t challenging enough to be worthy of New Mexico’s state championship track.
    “It’s a thrill and it’s scary all at the same time,” Telluride’s James Palmer said.
    “It’s honestly the steepest race course I’ve ever seen,” Albuquerque’s Burt Boyce said. “There aren’t too many crazy features. There are just a lot of huge rocks. And it’s so steep.”
    Where there were features, like ladder bridges ending with a drop, a lot of times there was an alternate route competitors could take. Riding around a feature to take an alternate route, however, was always slower than catching air. And in a downhill race, speed is the only thing that counts.

  • Sports Briefs 6-5-15

    Football fundraiser
    The Los Alamos football team is having car wash Saturday to raise money for its upcoming season.
    In Los Alamos, the athletes will be washing cars at the Zia Credit Union from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    In White Rock, the football players will be washing cars at the Phillips 66 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    People can get their cars shiny and support the team for a cost/donation.

    Basketball camp
    There will be a Jr. ’Topper summer basketball camp next week, June 8-12, at Los Alamos High School.
    Mini ’Toppers, for kids in kindergarten through second grade, will play in the school’s auxiliary gym daily from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
    Mid ’Toppers, for kids in third through sixth grade, will meet in the Griffith Gymnasium from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
    The cost to attend the camps is $75.
    Boys and girls may pre-register for the camp at the Jr. ’Topper webpage, latoppers.org.
    At-the-door registration will also be available at the camp.

  • Local All-Stars ready to compete for North

    The high school sports season is over, but a handful of athletes who recently graduated will get to represent Los Alamos, and the North, one more time in New Mexico’s annual North-South All-Star showcases.
    Amber Logan, Laura Whicker, Jordan Hammock and Jared Mang all got selected to play for the North in the Class 5A-6A showdowns in their respective sports.
    Tonight, Logan will step on the court at Volcano Vista High School at 7:30 p.m.
    Logan is known for ability to drain shots from the perimeter and was a big part of the team’s success this year. She sunk six 3-pointers and finished with 22 points in the Hilltopper girls’ first-round state victory over Goddard.
    Logan and Jonathan Schueler were recentlynamed the Los Alamos Sports Association’s Athletes of the Year and were both recipients of this year’s Clendenen Award.
    Whicker was one of six females selected from the North for the tennis showcase this weekend in Albuquerque. Whicker competed in the state doubles championships with teammate, Katya Skurikhin. The duo reached the quarterfinals and won their first set, but they were eliminated despite taking 5-3 leads in the second and third sets.
    In the state team competition, Whicker helped the Hilltopper girls reach the semifinals and finish in the top-four.

  • Pajarito kicking off biking season with Summer Fest

    Pajarito will kick of its summer season Saturday with its annual Summer Fest. The event will feature lift-accessed mountain biking and hiking, downhill races, beer, disc golf and live music.
    “It’s been a great event for us,” Pajarito General Manager Tom Long said. “The community supports it and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone and kicking off our summer events.”
    The best downhill mountain bikers from New Mexico will compete in the Pajarito Punishment, which will double as the state championships this year. The fast, steep and technical course will begin on Fast and Loose and finish on Muy Loco.
    The punishment will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday. The finish line of the race is near Pajarito’s base lodge, which is perfect for spectators — Summer Fest’s bands and breweries will also begin at 1 p.m.
    Four bands will perform while 10 breweries from around New Mexico serve up suds until 6 p.m. The Santa Fe Brewery, Second Street, Taos Mesa, La Cumbre, Tractor, Turtle Mountain, Abbey, Bosque and Boxing Bear will be there to make the event a hoppy time.
    Free Atomic City Shuttles will also be around to take people from town to the mountain and back to help people get home safe. The shuttles will leave from Los Alamos High School every half hour, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

  • Burnside barely misses prediction

    In a great turnout, 48 runners and walkers enjoyed a warm dry evening for the one, two, three and four mile Pace Race courses on Barranca Mesa Tuesday.
    In the one-mile course around Navajo, Los Pueblos and Barranca roads, Melina Burnside had the best prediction, only .45 seconds off her prediction for an adjusted delta of 1.35 seconds off. Sue Elkins was right behind her at 6 seconds off her prediction followed by Joan Williams, 12 seconds off, Billy Strother, 15 seconds off, and Ted Romero, who was 18 seconds off of his prediction.
    In the three-mile road course around Navajo, down almost to the end of Los Pueblos and back around Barranca Road, Nikol Strother had the best prediction. She was 71 seconds off her prediction and Sam Crooks was 118 seconds off of his prediction.
    The two-mile trail course went out on to the Deer Trap Mesa trail, taking the south fork for an out-and-back run, or hike.
    Predictions turned out to be hard to make on the trail runs. Jeanette Trujillo Rondeau was the best predictor at 130 seconds off her prediction.
    Inez Ross did two loops of the one-mile paved course, in preparation for doing a 5K at the Senior Olympics, and was 94 seconds off of her prediction.

  • Derby Dames mash it up to start season

    Skaters from Duke City Derby and Farmington’s Animas Rollergirls joined the Los Alamos Derby Dames for a mash-up Saturday at the county ice rink.
    The scrimmage was an opportunity for new players to get some game experience and returners to regain their form, but the action was as intense as a regular game — body after body got knocked down on the concrete flat track as the teams fought for points.
    The Green Chile, however, started hot and only got hotter throughout the game to take down the Red Chile squad, 212-74.
    Latzah Ballz actually scored the first five points of the game for the Red Chile, but it ended up being the team’s only lead in the contest.
    On the second jam, Ivy A. Nightmare broke through Red’s blockers to get the lead jammer position, lapped Red’s entire team twice to score two grand slams, worth five points apiece, and Green never looked back.
    Green’s blockers contained Acute Pain on the third jam while French Bulldozer weaved in and out of Red’s team to score 14 more points.
    Red kept it close with four points from Latzah Ballz and three from Vexy, cutting Green’s lead to 28-17